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  • December 2, 2010
  • 06:01 PM
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Occupational hazards in supply chains

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Material damage and occupational accidents are little understood elements of the overall supply chain. This research looks at the paper industry in Finland and the occupational accidents that occur in the supply chain from the paper mill to the harbor of arrival. » Read more » » »
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  • December 2, 2010
  • 02:00 AM
  • 331 views

Gay students suffer under faith schools regime

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Conflicts of ethos: issues of equity and diversity in faith-based schools From Education Management Administration and Leadership Faith based schools are on the rise in the UK, apparently boosting educational standards. This study investigates the consequences when school values and those of the state diverge, considering whether giving control of a school’s ethos and philosophy [...]... Read more »

  • December 1, 2010
  • 04:42 PM
  • 560 views

How To Fool A Lie Detector Brain Scan

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Can fMRI scans be used to detect deception?It would be nice, although a little scary, if they could. And there have been several reports of succesful trials under laboratory conditions. However, a new paper in Neuroimage reveals an easy way of tricking the technology: Lying In The Scanner.The authors used a variant of the "guilty knowledge test" which was originally developed for use with EEG. Essentially, you show the subject a series of pictures or other stimui, one of which is somehow special........ Read more »

  • December 1, 2010
  • 03:22 PM
  • 1,034 views

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

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  • December 1, 2010
  • 08:07 AM
  • 1,161 views

Pollyanna’s are good lie detectors and other new deception findings

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

You know Pollyanna. It’s come to be a label we assign to describe people with optimistic outlooks. But it’s not just optimism. We also often assume gullibility and naïveté. New research from Canadian researchers shows us our stereotypes and assumptions may be quite in error. It turns out the those who tend toward the Pollyanna end [...]


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Carter, N.L., & Weber, J.M. (2010) Not Pollyanna’s: Higher generalized trust predicts lie detection ability. . Social Psychological and Personality Science. info:/

  • December 1, 2010
  • 02:00 AM
  • 353 views

New approaches to the Nazi concentration camps

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Special issue Before the holocaust: new approaches to the Nazi concentration camps, 1933-1939    From Journal of Contemporary History The Nazi concentration camps are a potent symbol for the destructive power of modern state. Some two million prisoners lost their lives, including around one million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, in Auschwitz, the largest and [...]... Read more »

  • November 30, 2010
  • 02:00 AM
  • 373 views

The Jesus factor of the iPhone

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

How the iPhone became divine: new media, religion and the intertextual circulation of meaning From New Media Society The labeling of the iPhone as the ‘Jesus phone’ illustrates how new media objects can possess multiple layers of meaning, which can shape how they are perceived by the public. This study explores the relationship between religious [...]... Read more »

  • November 29, 2010
  • 01:33 PM
  • 1,339 views

Life in the moment is happier but less imaginative. Just ask your iphone.

by Caspar Addyman in Your Brain on Drugs

This Science Brevia article is the first published example I’ve seen using smartphone technologies to collect psychological data. It comes from Dan Gilbert’s ever inventive lab. They used an iphone application to run an experience sampling study. The article is so short that I can give you the whole abstract right now.... Read more »

Killingsworth, M., & Gilbert, D. (2010) A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind. Science, 330(6006), 932-932. DOI: 10.1126/science.1192439  

  • November 29, 2010
  • 01:29 PM
  • 1,109 views

Life in the moment is happier but less imaginative. Just ask your iphone.

by Caspar Addyman in Your Brain on Drugs

This Science Brevia article is the first published example I’ve seen using smartphone technologies to collect psychological data. It comes from Dan Gilbert’s ever inventive lab. They used an iphone application to run an experience sampling study. The article is so short that I can give you the whole abstract right now.... Read more »

Killingsworth, M., & Gilbert, D. (2010) A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind. Science, 330(6006), 932-932. DOI: 10.1126/science.1192439  

  • November 27, 2010
  • 09:35 AM
  • 682 views

The Town That Went Mad

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Pont St. Esprit is a small town in southern France. In 1951 it became famous as the site of one of the most mysterious medical outbreaks of modern times.As Dr's Gabbai, Lisbonne and Pourquier wrote to the British Medical Journal, 15 days after the "incident":The first symptoms appeared after a latent period of 6 to 48 hours. In this first phase, the symptoms were generalized, and consisted in a depressive state with anguish and slight agitation.After some hours the symptoms became more clearly d........ Read more »

GABBAI, LISBONNE, & POURQUIER. (1951) Ergot poisoning at Pont St. Esprit. British medical journal, 2(4732), 650-1. PMID: 14869677  

  • November 25, 2010
  • 01:49 PM
  • 711 views

Thanksgiving and Football: Why you should always go for it on 4th and short

by Brad Walters in Cortical Hemming and Hawing

Today being Thanksgiving, it's pretty reasonable to assume (if you live in the U.S.) that you will likely be sitting down to a large meal involving lots of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.  It is also pretty likely, that somewhere in the house, football games will be on the television.  Which brings us to one of the quintessential questions in football: It's 4th down, your team is on the opposing team's 30 yard line and they have only one yard to go to get a first down.  Sho........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 04:40 AM
  • 508 views

Renewed interest in criminal careers

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Special issue From European Journal Of Criminology This ‘criminal careers’ special issue showcases some of the best studies by respected European researchers exploring engagement in crime over the life course. Attention to the subject has been prompted by renewed interest in why people stop offending, and the processes by which they are rehabilitated or resettled [...]... Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 04:18 AM
  • 787 views

A typology of crises

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

What defines a crisis? Are there different types of crises? In this article, crises are classified according to how predictable and influenceable they are. This generates four types of crises: Conventional, Unexpected, Intractable and Fundamental crisis. » Read more » » »
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Gundel, S. (2005) Towards a New Typology of Crises. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 13(3), 106-115. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5973.2005.00465.x  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:22 AM
  • 1,019 views

Ejaculation as Defined by Hegemonic Masculinity

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

While much is written about the symbolism of the phallus, little, it would seem, is written about the complex relationship between the ejaculation process and hegemonic masculinity. Johnson (2010) wishes that we would all think more about how masculine ideals sustain and are sustained by this highly gendered, bodily function.... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:11 AM
  • 1,165 views

From Natyural to Nacheruhl: Utterance Selection and Language Change

by Wintz in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Most of us should know by now that language changes. It’s why the 14th Century prose of Geoffrey Chaucer is nearly impenetrable to modern day speakers of English. It is also why Benjamin Franklin’s phonetically transcribed pronunciation of the English word natural sounded like natyural (phonetically [nætjuɹəl]) . . . → Read More: From Natyural to Nacheruhl: Utterance Selection and Language Change... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 04:30 AM
  • 423 views

Haiti earthquake prompts guidelines for physicians doubling as journalists

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Reporting by TV docs in Haiti raises ethical issues From Electronic News In the wake of extensive television news reporting in Haiti by physicians, guidelines for physician-journalists in covering disasters are proposed in this article. With a trend for dual roles individuals can find it difficult to balance the duties and responsibilities of their two [...]... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 01:20 AM
  • 832 views

Ep 137: Can your environment change your DNA?

by westius in Mr Science Show


Did you know that worker bees and queen bees have exactly the same DNA?

Although they look and behave differently, at birth they have the same genome. Young queen larvae are fed a diet of Royal Jelly, a substance secreted by the worker bees which includes B-complex vitamins, proteins, sugars and fatty acids. It also contains trace minerals, enzymes, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and vitamin C. This concoction not only feeds the queen bees, it turns on and off various genes with wh........ Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 01:30 PM
  • 950 views

Developing a set-back plan in pain management

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

Without a doubt, anyone reading my blog will have tried at some point to change a habit.  Maybe to stop drinking coffee (why?!), start doing more exercise, say no to new projects, eat more fibre – even when a decision to make a change is not done of a New Year’s Eve, chances are that … Read more... Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 07:33 AM
  • 689 views

purple pain and a gene called 'straightjacket'

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

Dr. Kevin Mitchell, a neuroscientist at Smurfit Institute of Genetics, University of Dublin, posted at his excellent blog Wiring the Brain about a weird, interesting study* that points to a possible genetic explanation of synaesthesia** (e.g., hearing a word and experience the color red). The authors were studying pain mechanisms in fruit flies (turns out the mechanisms are similar to us mammals, whuddathunk?). Once they identified a particular gene they dubbed straightjacket*** which is "involv........ Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 04:30 AM
  • 556 views

Science’s policy clout diminished, but oil risk looms large

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The public’s trust in scientific claims regarding offshore oil drilling From Public Understanding of Science The findings of this research indicate that scientists’ efforts to influence public opinion have a limited effect.  The investigators behind this paper believe it is time for a content hypothesis revival – where people are most likely to accept a [...]... Read more »

Carlisle, J., Feezell, J., Michaud, K., Smith, E., & Smith, L. (2010) The public's trust in scientific claims regarding offshore oil drilling. Public Understanding of Science, 19(5), 514-527. DOI: 10.1177/0963662510375663  

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